AST 155 Astronomy of Ancient Cultures: SC2

3 Credit Hour • 45 Contact Hours (Lecture)

Prerequisite: MAT 050

Introduces the study of archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy. Students will study the principles of naked eye astronomy and examine how those principles have been used for timekeeping, navigation, religion and ritual, political power, cosmology and worldview. Methods of the ethnoastronomer will be covered, including measurement of alignments, analysis of written records, examination of art and architecture and incorporation of general knowledge about the culture being studied.